Phil Spencer: Xbox One Family Sharing Policy “Makes Sense”, Unsure About Concurrent Use

Oh Microsoft.

Posted By | On 14th, Jun. 2013 Under News

In between accessing your entire game library from a friend’s Xbox (but for an hour), an always-on Kinect, periodic check-ins and limited used game lending and selling, Microsoft revealed that up to 10 users will be able to access and sign in to the Xbox One.

Phil Spencer spoke to Penny Arcade about this and clarified that this so-called Family Policy won’t restricted to just family members. Any one – family, acquaintances, friends – can be included.

“I think the policy makes sense. It’s not ten different people all playing the game concurrently, but when you think about a real usage scenario, and we thought about it around a family, and I know certain people will create a family group of people that aren’t all part of the same family.

“And I do think that’s an advantage, and people will use that. I saw it on NeoGAF instantly, the Xbox Family creation threads, where people said ‘Hey be a part of my family’… I do think that’s an advantage of the ecosystem that we have.”

However, the mixed message dilemma comes back to haunt Microsoft, as the official wording reads that, “Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games. You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.

And it didn’t help that Spencer didn’t know the specifics. Story of the Xbox One, right?

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  • Pompom Florentine

    From what I’ve read, it says you can have 10 people in your group. One of the people in that group, at a time, can access your shared games. You can being playing the same game being accessed at the same time as the one person in your group accessing your game. I don’t know if you can both play multiplayer at the same time, but if they have a gold account, I’d assume that you could. This is actually a great deal and an amazing way to share games. Split the cost of a game and you both get to play.

    By the way, this article is riddled with biased language (ie “Oh Microsoft”). There’s enough of that going on and it doesn’t make me want to come back to this site. If you’re reporting information, you really shouldn’t do that. I know you’ll get major shit from the “loudest people” on the internet if you say anything nice about xb1, but this is an awesome sharing system. Every single thing I’ve read about it sounds good.

    • Jok

      Well said.

      This two people sharing and playing the same game at the same time feature of the XB1 is awesome and is just ONE of the reasons I’ll be sticking with the console that’ll continue to give the best gaming experience out there. XBox One.


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